Wednesday, October 29, 2014

She Will Find What Is Lost

A lovely friend of mine owns a gorgeous print by Brian Kershisnik {See above}.
As soon as I saw it my heart skipped a beat. It took my breath away.

I knew immediately it was a print that I wanted hanging in my home.

Then I found out what the print is called: She Will Find What Is Lost.
Then my heart exploded!

So I set out to find the most affordable print available and was delighted to be able to purchase one for our home from HERE.

I then had fun putting my own stamp on it with the framing.
I wanted something fancy but not too over the top to take away from the print.

I am so, so pleased with the outcome.

For me the title and the image have deep personal meaning. Every time I look at the picture I am reminded that as a woman, mother and wife that I am not on this journey alone.

I have a flock of angels who attend to me, some in real life and some unknown to me.

As a survivor and thriver of childhood sexual abuse it reminds me that all is not lost.
That there is love and support in my life and life does get better with time.

Brian wanted the art work to be personal. I read this on his website:

"If I may ask it of you, I ask that you respect that my intention for this piece was to speak to the most intensely private and intimate kind of supernatural interference, influence, and assistance, whatever your particular experience."

Brian wanted us to have an intimate experience with his art work and I find that the more I look at it, the more intimate my connection with it becomes.

This is my birthday gift to myself this year.
A special reminder that all is not lost.

{By the way this is a very early birthday is not my birthday yet}
{Also sorry about the reflection on the images...a young cherub took these pictures for me!}

Monday, October 27, 2014

Size 16 down to Size 12

Over the last couple of months, I have run my way from a size 16 down to a size 12.
It has taken a lot of work and effort but I am feeling so much better for it.

I asked one of my daughters to take a picture of me because I wanted to share that I have dropped my size to hopefully inspire other women to get their bodies moving as well.

My daughter asked, "Are you going to tell people you were a size 16?"

My reply, "Yes. Of course."

My daughter, "I wouldn't tell people that!"

My reply, "There is no shame in being a size 16. What size I am doesn't determine who I am. For me, what size I am determines how I feel about myself. I feel healthier and fitter and more positive when I am a size 12. That is why I worked hard to get back to this size."

To get back to size 12 I ate three healthy meals a day, cut out sugar and ran 5 days a week. I followed the Couch to 5Km running program and then pushed myself and took it to a new level HERE.

Now to stay in shape I have taken my running to a whole new level. I have signed up to participate in the White Ribbon Ultramarathon Step-A-Thon where I am going to run 150-200Km over the next 30 days. So far I have had a great start and I love that it is for such a great cause: it is to raise awareness for violence against women.

This is going to be hard and it is going to hurt but I love extreme challenges and supporting great causes on my blog. Now that I am feeling fitter and healthier I can devote more time and attention to living a more meaningful life and that is worth all the hard work!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Rainbow Unicorn Cake + Party

Every birthday that comes around for my children brings a feeling of nervousness for me. I never know what type of party or cake they are going to want me to create! This year one of my daughters wanted a rainbow unicorn cake and party. Thank goodness for Pinterest is all I can say!

After doing some research I managed to come up with a simple rainbow unicorn themed party. We never have expensive, flash parties in our family. We keep it simple, make it fun and focus on creating memories that our children will remember with their friends.

We always invite lots of kids {as we are used to lots of kids!}, have parties at our home, prepare lots of food and plan out a schedule of games and activities for everyone to participate in. This schedule works well for us and the kids love it.

Here are some pictures from our rainbow unicorn party:

My husband normally is in charge of the party set up and was so awesome he even provided our own personal rainbow for the party!

A rainbow water balloon fight was a must for this party! I stayed well out of the action :)

The girls had a great time swimming, sliding and chasing each other around the back yard.

I found a rainbow unicorn pinata in Big W and filled it with rainbow coloured lolly pops. I also started out the party with a simple rainbow/pink {my daughters favourite colour} themed spread of snacks before the real food came out!

I made a rainbow unicorn cake. It was fun to make and not as hard as I thought it was going to be. I simply made a large slab cake and cut out the shape of a horse/unicorn head and then decorated it with lollies and rainbow sour straps. For the horn I used an icecream cone. I covered it in icing and then rolled it in pink sparkles. Easy!

I kept looking at the cake and thinking that something didn't quite look right with it. Then I realised that she {the cake!} needed eyelashes. What a difference eyelashes make!

So much better...I think! More importantly my daughter was delighted with her cake!

After the games outside we gave them all rainbow coloured glow bracelets and necklaces to run around in the dark with. They loved it!

Overall it was a great party. Harmony was really happy and so were all the guests. Two of the girls asked if they could come to Harmony's birthday party next year they loved it so much!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Wobbly Courage is all you need to get started

Several months ago I found myself feeling overwhelmed, unmotivated and in a way fearful from attempting to do anything I really wanted to achieve. It was at this time that a lovely friend of mine, Kelly Exeter, sent me a copy of her new book: Your Best Year Yet.

Her book was exactly what I needed at that precise moment in my life because she challenged me to shift my thinking, to take charge of my life and she gave me the wobbly courage I needed to get started on making BIG changes in my life.

When I opened the parcel I have to admit that I burst into tears. Mainly because I was so happy for Kelly and I knew it had taken a lot of work and courage to make this book happen but also the title of the book was what I needed to be reminded of and as I curled up to read her wise words I was struck with her concept of wobbly courage.

Actually I was perplexed, bamboozled, dumbstruck, shell shocked to name a few...
Her thoughts on wobbly courage shattered and challenged my own fears.

Wow! I was blown away. It was so simple I couldn't believe I hadn't thought of it before!!

I had let myself become so caught up in second guessing what I knew was right for me to do because I was worried about how other people would react, what other people would say and I would spend endless hours considering all the damage control options for my goals that by the end of it all my ideas sounded way too hard!

So often we feel we need to have complete - full - powerful - courage to attempt to make any changes in our lives. Kelly helped me to see that all I needed was wobbly courage.

The type of courage that is still scared, that shakes, wobbles, falls over even and doesn't quite look right but goes ahead and gives it a try. It is the type of courage that keeps us moving forward towards our goals and dreams and doesn't worry so much about what other people think.

To me it is like taking a little tiny particle of faith, nurturing it, loving it and then putting it into action by giving something a go, a try, an attempt. Kind of like believing in what you can't yet see.

Wobbly courage is still courage and better than having no courage at all.
It is a start and a start is progress.

So since reading Kelly's book I have taken that wobbly courage and run with it. Literally!

It was just what I needed to get my body moving, to face my fears and be more active in my life. Since achieving one of my big goals - running 10 Km - I am taking that wobbly courage and applying it to other area's of my life.

I love that Kelly has made her book so easy and simple to read. It is practical and inspiring. I appreciate all the time and effort it took to share her thoughts {which is not easy when you are a busy Mum!} because they have radically changed mine.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Mr. Men and Little Miss Personalised Art Prints

During the week I was invited to attend the celebration and launch of the new Myer Christmas Giftorium that will roll out in 67 Myer stores around Australia. Creating a one stop shop for festive gift giving this Christmas season.

The event I attended was at the Myer Brisbane City store, which I will tell you more about in an upcoming blog post. BUT ... I had to share right away just how delighted I was that you can order Mr. Men and Little Miss personalised prints in store for your cherubs or even yourself.

You see, we are huge fans of Mr. Men and Little Miss in our home. We have over the years collected every book they have made and with my youngest daughter this is our bedtime tradition.

I read her or she reads me a Mr. Men or Little Miss book before she sleeps.
So...yeah...we love them!

For the first time in Australia, at the Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane city stores, you can pick out a Mr. Men or Little Miss character and customise it with your name. Oh my goodness! So fun! You could organise to surprise someone as a gift or have them come in store and create it themselves.

With the customised prints you have the choice of two sizes and it is such a wonderful unique gift idea. It would make a great addition to any cherubs bedroom.

I was of course delighted and surprised to discover that they had made ME a Little Miss. I have to say that I love that I am hot pink, wearing my favourite colour shoes - blue - and of course wondering how they knew I love my phone that much!!

They also stock a variety of other Mr. Men and Little Miss products in store. Personalised prints will be available from Monday and sorry I don't have any prices for you yet on how much they are.

I will update it when I receive them.